A late 18th century Dutch delft blue and white charger hand painted in cobalt blue. The center features a songbird in a flowering garden. Around the central scene are eight panels with white ground each decorated with a single flowering plant. The overall feeling is that of looking through a window onto a peaceful garden scene.
H 2.2 in. x Dm 14 in.
Some excellent invisible restoration.
The technique of making delft was first described in writing by Gerrit Paape in “The delft Pottery Maker” written in 1794 and dedicated to Lambertus Sanderus, the owner of De Porceleyne Claeuw (The Porcelain Claw). Delft faience began in the 17th century. Much of the finest delft was produced in the Dutch city of Delft. The delft potters began to coat their pots completely in white tin glaze. They then began to cover the white tin-glaze with clear glaze, which gave depth to the fired surface and smoothness to cobalt blues. Over time they created a good resemblance to porcelain. By circa 1650 the technical skills of the potters and painters were much improved, and delft began its golden age.
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